The Paramount in Huntington isn't just unlike any other Long Island concert venue -- its combination of retro-industrial aesthetics and modern-day technology makes it unique in the entire theater-heavy New York area.
Between all the exposed bricks, the large steel I-beams that make up the main bars and the various zones that have their own sound design, the Paramount's impressive features may rival the musical acts onstage.
Co-owners Brian Doyle, Stephen Ubertini and Dominic Catoggio recently offered a private tour to show off the theater they have spent two years planning and building.
Here is a behind-the-scenes guide to the Paramount:
Well, that's a personal choice. The Paramount has four distinct seating-standing areas, and which one you like best will depend on the concert experience you want.
The main floor general admission area is big and gives remarkably unobstructed views from the entire space, since there are no pillars supporting the mezzanine. For some shows there will be seats on the floor.
The loge areas on the mezzanine will be sold as reserved seating and are much closer to the stage than in other venues because they are only 14 feet off the main floor. (If you're looking for the best sound, you should try sitting close to the mixing board, in front of the center section of the mezzanine, since, Doyle said, they placed it in what tests showed was the venue's acoustic sweet spot.)
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The back bar area at the top of the venue will be standing room only, but it still offers great views of the stage and its own set of speakers, so if you're looking to get your drink on and socialize with the show in the background, that may be your spot.
"I'm looking forward to people finding their own favorite spot," Doyle said. "I don't know where mine is yet."
There is none. "We want people to get dinner before the show," Doyle said. "There are plenty of great restaurants in the area. We want people to experience that." (There aren't any food-preparation areas in the whole building. Even artists will get food catered by an area restaurant, as part of the Paramount's desire to showcase Huntington, Doyle said.)
In addition to the public parking lots near the popular stretch of New York Avenue, the Paramount will sponsor a free trolley that will run from the North Lot of the Huntington Long Island Rail Road station, at the corner of New York Avenue and Church Street, to the venue and back from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on show nights.
As you're climbing the stairway to, um, the mezzanine, check out the lyrics from Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest songs that were copied to the walls by the Paramount's workers and their friends and families.
Also on the tagging front, the bathroom walls and ceilings were done by area graffiti artists. There's also a nice view of New York Avenue from the new second-story window at the Paramount, which, Ubertini said, gets closed off during shows to keep the noise level down.
There's also a speakeasy-themed secret bar in the Paramount, available only to Founder's Club members ($2,500 annually), who also get early access to a special seating area in the main theater.
Sept. 28 Rusted Root
Sept. 30 Elvis Costello and The Imposters
Oct. 1 Third Eye Blind with U.S. Royalty
Oct. 4 The B-52s
Oct. 8 Blue Öyster Cult with Uriah Heep
Oct. 12 Jack's Mannequin with Motion City Soundtrack and Co. of Thieves
Oct. 14 The Script
Oct. 15 Warren Haynes Band
Oct. 21 B.B. King
Oct. 22 "Weird Al" Yankovic
Oct. 23 NOFX with Anti-Flag
Oct. 25 All Time Low with The Ready Set and He Is We
Oct. 26 Dirty Heads with Outasight
Oct. 29 Amos Lee with Pieta Brown
Oct. 30 Panic! At The Disco with Patrick Stump and Foxy Shazam
Nov. 2 Willie Nelson
Nov. 12 Goo Goo Dolls with Ryan Star
Nov. 13 Anthrax with Testament and Death Angel
Nov. 16 Ray Davies with The 88
Nov. 18 Peter Murphy with She Wants Revenge
Nov. 22 Reel Big Fish with Streetlight Mani-festo, Lionize and Rodeo Ruby Love
Nov. 27-28 Brand New
Nov. 30 As I Lay Dying with Of Mice & Men, The Ghost Inside, Iwrestledabearonce, Sylosis